October 2, 2009 § 2 Comments
It seems that there are afew people that have considered the concept of Binary Knitting as something to incorporate into their knitted garments, eg: A name knit on a single line like morse code into their garments like a trademark or label. You know you’re somewhat a geek when you are pondering this as an option to apply to your knitting. Well maybe not so much, when you think about it knitting is basically a representation of the Binary Numeric System, stitches Knit and Purl is to 0 and 1 or vise versa.
What is Binary Knitting?
The number systems most people are familiar with is known as Decimal, which is a base 10 numeric system. When we count, we go from 0 to 10 and then start over by increasing the ordinal number. The number 9 changes to 10 which is an ordinal increase, the tens spot increases by 1 and the ones spot is reset to the beginning of the set (which is 0). Eg: 20 to 29 and next 30, 50 to 59 and next 60 and so on …
Computers interpret everything input, and stored into it as 0’s and 1’s, this number system is known as the Binary Numeric System. Each 0 or 1 is known as a bit, 8 bits make a byte, 1 byte is a character, which is a letter, space or a number found on a keyboard.
Or your could just watch this cool video, which explains it all quite nicely to might I add …
Character to Binary Conversion Tool
Ok, so this tool (if you googled) can be called a number of names. You can do a variety of searches, for of which are:
- Binary Conversion Tool
- Binary Encoder/Decoder
- Binary to Sring Tool
- Binary to Character Tool
I used this Binary Conversion Tool!! (shhh, only coz I was too lazy to build something myself)
- Using the Binary Conversion Tool, decide on your name, word or phrase (note: Upper and Lower Case when you are deciding) and key it in.
- Using your binary converted phrase, decide how you want your 0’s and 1’s represented.
- Simple Example: Defining a Pattern in One Colour – Purl (P) = 0s, Knit (K) = 1’s
- Phrase/Word: Love
- Binary Phrase: 01001100011011110111011001100101
- Pattern: P, K, P, P, K, K, P, P, P, K, K, P, K, K, K, K, P, K, K, K, P, K, K, P, P, K, K, P, P, K, P, K Or P, K, P2, K2, P3, K2, P, K4, P, K3, P, K2, P2, K2, P2, K, P, K
4. Decide as well how you would like to arrange your stitches to make a pattern.
I have opted to arranging my stitches into an 8 Stitch Pattern Repeat
- Row1 (Letter “L”): P, K, P2, K2, P2
- Row2 (Letter “o”): P, K2, P, K4
- Row3 (Letter “v”): P, K3, P, K2, P
- Row4 (Letter “e”): P, K2, P2, K, P, K
NOTE: Remember that 8 stitches represent 1 character that you converted, including spaces. So in my pattern derivative, I have 4 rows of 8 stitch repeats. (8 sts in Row1=L, …Row2=o, …Row3=v, …Row4=e). You could also include a 2 colour combo together with your knit/purl to make it interesting ;)
Ahhh and here is a visual swatch representation of the theory I was just alluding to …
No doubt some of you reading this have known of this concept for some time. Here are some other works created with the same concept:
So, I think that this might be all you need to know to start experimenting with your own stitch pattern designs, I’m thinking wash cloths might be a good testing ground for your stitch patterns! At least you get to swatch at the same time :)
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